Halton Hills taking steps to assist local businesses

 

The Town of Halton Hills, as part of the Economic Recovery Action Plan, will be implementing 20 new and modified initiatives to assist local businesses.

The Action Plan includes short-term actions to support immediate recovery efforts, complemented by Investment Growth Actions which will help sustain economic growth over the longer term.

These include the temporary patio program that will allow local restaurants to offer 'dine-in' options and help supplement revenues, unveiling a new Invest Halton Hills marketing video that showcases Halton Hills to new investors and attracts local jobs, and developing a Business Improvement Area (BIA) Levy Reduction Program for downtown Acton and Georgetown to reduce financial costs for BIA members.

Additionally, the Town will be taking measures to assist the arts industry by hosting two "Halton Hills COVID-19 Arts & Culture Forums" for the arts and culture sector to share their experiences, identify their needs and provide details on the recovery and support programs offered by the Town; creating a new commissioning project, "The Artist Next Door," for artists and arts and cultural groups to create new work in any artistic discipline that engages the residents of Halton Hills; and launching a new professional development program for artists, creative entrepreneurs, and cultural not-for-profit staff and board members, to help equip them with vital business skills needed to grow creative businesses.

Further, the Town announced it will be establishing the Economic Support and Recovery Task Force to coordinate the local COVID-19 response.

Moreover, the Town will be expanded marketing and business engagement to gather data on local COVID-19 impacts, and provide timely and relevant information to assist businesses in responding to COVID-19.

As well as processing existing and new development applications, and advocating on behalf of local businesses to the federal and provincial government on key issues via the Mayor's Office.

"The success of Halton Hills' businesses is key to the municipality's ability to deliver services that are critical to the well-being of our community," Mayor Rick Bonnette said in a news release.

"The Town implemented several new COVID-specific economic supports and advanced and modified other important initiatives already underway; all of this has ensured that Halton Hills has remained open for business throughout the pandemic," he continued.

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